DESPERATE Danny Welbeck intends to use a rare start against Colchester to make him-self undroppable.
Welbeck is in line to replace Darren Bent for tonight’s visit of League One U’s to the Stadium of Light in the second round of the Carling Cup, and knows it is a big chance for him to impress.
With Steve Bruce looking to recruit a new striker before the transfer window slams shut, Welbeck – on-loan from Manchester United – knows he faces plenty of competition to get games under his belt and wants to build on a couple of smart cameo appearances so far.
“The Carling Cup can be a great opportunity for me to come in and make a point,” he said. “I’m just waiting for my first start. When it comes I’m just going to do the best for myself, the club, the manager and the fans as well.
“I’ve come to Sunderland for games. At Manchester United the chances were few and far between but hopefully I’ll get a few more opportunities at Sunderland; it’s up to me – if I get them – to prove myself.”
Welbeck has plenty of experience in the League Cup, having pocketed a winner’s medal for his scoring feats in the earlier rounds of Manchester United’s victory last season.
“The Carling Cup is a great competition and for us we want to get as far as we can in it this season,” he said.
“I have some good experiences of it with Manchester United but you know that clubs like Colchester will fancy their chances of coming to somewhere like the Stadium of Light and getting a result.
“We have to be on our guard from the start otherwise we will get punished.”
Welbeck was heavily fancied by plenty of clubs this summer and nearly signed for Newcastle. But the Bruce factor swung it in Sunderland’s favour.
“I had other options but I was sure I wanted to come here. Sunderland is a massive club,” he said. “The stadium is huge, the manager is great and it’s just a real positive to come here. I spoke to Steve Bruce and he spoke very highly about everything here. It is a family-orientated club and at the moment I’m loving it – everything apart from the results so far.
“Things have not gone as well as I wanted them to but we know that we will be able to get the results soon. We’re a good side.”
Welbeck hopes to get a chance through the middle rather than out of the wing, where he was often played by Sir Alex Ferguson. “I would like to have a go up front but if the gaffer wants to play me on the wing, I obviously will,” he said.